Meet National Board
National Board Certification?
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs.
National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers.
As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.
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Two more AISD Social Studies teachers will be having their names added to a familiar plaque seen in the hallway at the district's Professional Development Center in 2012-13 --
--a plaque that each year adds the names of the latest teachers receiving their National Board Certification
Lisa Mielke has been teaching since 1992. She taught in the Rio Grande Valley before coming to Austin ISD. She taught at Burnet Middle School first and is currently at Gorzycki Middle School.
We asked Lisa about her experience in the program and what she would say to her peers about it.
PHOTO: Lisa Mielke; NBCT
"I think that this is something that any accomplished teacher in AISD should consider. There are so many amazing professionals here in the district who do great things on a daily basis. This process allows you to think about what happens in your classroom and improve upon it."
As those who have been through the program - or even those who have known peers who have gone though the process -will tell you, the journey is a rigorous one indeed. A support network of friends, family, and colleagues can make all the difference for the individual who has accepted this challenge. And, while we know it is often an entire community that plays a role in that, we always like to provide our candidates an opportunity to thank a few of these folks here.
"Important influences I'd like to recognize include all of the teachers I've had over the years (both the good and the 'not so good') who have informed my practice, especially the History teachers I had in middle and high school who showed me how cool and exciting history can be. I'd especially like to thank my colleagues Leanne Starkey and Melissa Prepster for talking me into the whole process!"
Congratulations Ms. Mielke!